OSWEGO, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ SUNY students recently completed their 18 Annual Walk-A-Thon to help support the United Way of Greater Oswego County.
Approximately 270 walkers participated and the event raised more than $2300 in support of the United WayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s annual campaign.
Established in 1991 by Professor Tina Pieraccini, the SUNY Walk-A-Thon does much more than raise money for the United Way.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was looking for a hands-on assignment for my Advanced Public Relations class. After meeting with Jack Fritton, who was the United Way executive director at that time, I decided that the Walk-A-Thon would be an excellent experience in service learning. It was so successful that year, and the students enjoyed doing it so much, that I decided to continue it throughout the years,Ã¢â‚¬Â explained Pieraccini.
Each year PieracciniÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s class forms committees to handle the following tasks: newspaper publicity, headquarter registration, route planning, T-Shirt sponsorship, food, poster/bulletin board publicity, recruitment and thank you.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“My students work very hard on this event. I am always so proud of their efforts. They come away from this event having gained real-life experience in public relations, fundraising, and the satisfaction of giving to the community through volunteerism,Ã¢â‚¬Â added Pieraccini. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Walk-A-Thon has served as a core requirement of my Advanced Public Relations class for the past 18 years.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Pieraccini explains that the Walk-A-Thon generates goodwill between the students, the university, the faculty, and community.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a combination that helps to ensure the success of the event.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our Walk-A-Thon would not be possible without the support we receive from our sponsors. Each year SUNY Oswego Auxiliary Services generously donates $1,000 to help with expense costs. This year, Entergy provided additional funds by donating $1,000 to the United Way through a Healthy Heart Grant on behalf of the Entergy employees who participated in the Walk-A-Thon,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Pieraccini.
Resource Development Director of the United Way, Lois Luber is appreciative of the effort that the students put forth every year.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inspiring to see how dedicated the students are and how they worked to establish a successful collaboration between the university, the faculty, community members and the business sector to make the event one of the best ever. Everyone involved with this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s SUNY Oswego Walk-A-Thon is to be commended for a job well done!Ã¢â‚¬Â said Luber.
For more information on the United Way or to make a donation, call 593-1900 or mail contributions to 1 S. First St., Fulton, NYÃ‚Â 13069.